Dane County School Consortium

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Graphic Arts/Print

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The Arts, A/V Technology and Communications career cluster is expected to be driven by changing trends. While newspapers and magazines have been impacted by declines in print volumes, the need for immediate media, integrated across communication platforms, is increasing the need for technological expertise in computers and graphic design. This trend is fueling increased demand in this area.

The Arts, A/V Technology and Communications Career Cluster — Printing Technology Pathway careers range from graphic designers to press operators to customer service representatives and sales. The printing industry “applies creativity and technical skills to transform text and graphics into finished products

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This Youth Apprenticeship occupational area focuses on having Arts, A/V Technology and Communications Printing Technology pathway YA students acquire basic skills pertinent to understanding and working with printing and post-press machinery and processes and/or graphic design and pre-press files.

The Printing and Post-Press Operations unit allows students to work with press and post-press equipment according to safety regulations and child labor laws. The Graphics and Pre-Press unit provides students with opportunities to design and manipulate images and prepare print files for printing.

  • Entering junior or senior status
  • Display a genuine interest in the Information Technology Pathway.
  • Submit a completed application along with   references
  • Interview effectively and get hired
  • Maintain a high level of attendance
  • Secure transportation to the job
  • On-track for high school graduation

Courses are generally offered at the local high school however depending on what you are doing at the participating business  you may be asked to take a class at Madison College or at the Printing Company.  It is also recommended to be involved in your school newspaper or yearbook.  Courses in Art and Design, Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop are a big plus.